Anyone who has seen any of the Spider-Man movies or simply walked into a spider web knows how tricky an arachnid’s silk can be to deal with. In fact, a spider’s silk is one of the toughest materials in the world. That’s why The North Face is harnessing its power to make jackets.
The outdoor apparel brand partnered with the Japanese company called Spiber, which is working to synthesize natural proteins such as spider silk to revolutionize manufacturing. The result is the Moon Parka, a prototype jacket based on The North Face’s Antarctica Parka that is made from a bioengineered fiber similar to spider silk called QMONOS.
The ability to find practical uses for protein materials like spider silk could significantly change the manufacturing process in the future. QMONOS is biodegradable, which cuts down on its environmental impact. It is also very strong without sacrificing any flexibility.
The challenge going forward will be figuring out a way to mass produce the synthetic spider silk. For now, the Moon Parka is just a prototype, but the hope is to be able to launch it at some point in 2015.
To see more about how the Moon Parka was created, watch the video below.